State Patrol: Army veteran, ER worker killed when a driver ran a stop sign


A 47-year-old emergency room manager and Gulf War veteran was killed after police say he was broadsided by a car that ran through a stop sign.

Anthony Sundholm – a military veteran who works at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin – was behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, going north on Highway 65 Saturday night, according to the State Patrol.

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At about 9:35 p.m., the driver of a Volkswagen didn't stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 65, just east of Mille Lacs Lake and south of Sundholm's place of residence, McGrath.

The Volkswagen collided with Sundholm's vehicle, killing him, the patrol says.

The driver of the Volkswagen – a 29-year-old from Forest Lake – suffered serious injuries. The State Patrol notes there was alcohol detected, but does not describe how that was measured. The Star Tribune says he has several driving convictions on his record.

There is no word on whether he will face charges.

A passenger in his car, a 27-year-old from Roseville, had non life-threatening injuries.

Anthony Sundholm

Sundholm joined the Aitkin healthcare facility in 2013 as the emergency department manager.

In a news release from the time he was hired, Sundholm said he grew up in the Aitkin area and returned a decade earlier "because I enjoy the friendly family atmosphere of this community.”

The Star Tribune says he took the job after his wife left the position to pursue a nurse practioner's license.

Sundholm was in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War in the early 1990s, the release says, and later worked 12 years as a helicopter pilot for Life Link III.

In a statement to FOX 9, the healthcare center called Sundholm "an exceptional person, husband, and father."

He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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